The first promotional image from Joss Whedon's The Avengers!
Alright, if you've payed any attention to Hollywood these days, you'll notice that superhero movies are all the rage. The two big contenders who seem to take all the glory in both the cinemas and their comic book predecessors are DC and Marvel.
While I'm not nearly as well versed in comics as I am in film or television, there's some pretty simple facts about these companies that most geeks/nerds/fanboys/fangirls/soccer moms who took their 8 year olds to Watchmen know.
DC is behind iconic characters like Superman, Batman, The Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.
Marvel has brought about household names such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.
Both are the heaviest hitters in the superhero industry, both have created a garish amount of movies as of late, and in the near future, both will be putting out movies wherein all their heroes gather together to form a sort of Spandex Key Club
Marvel's upcoming film, The Avengers, will fit the bill by taking take all the heroes already established in their recent films and bringing them together to fight some sort of villain who apparently couldn't just be handled by a monstrous mutant, a genetically enhanced super-human, a technological genius or a god.
Fortunately, we know that the movie is in good hands; Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Firefly and Serenity, is behind the wheel. We here at Memoirs of a Fanboy, (meaning me) are fairly sure that the film should be quite well done just knowing this simple fact.
But enough ranting; lets get onto the poster!
Here it is again for good measure:
So who do we have here? The Hulk? Check. Iron Man? Check. Captain America? Check. Thor? Check.
But here's the deal, we also have two other faces in the poster. One familiar and one not so much. The first, being the woman in the upper right hand side of the poster, is none other than Black Widow, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent we see sent to keep an eye on Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. While she certainly proved her mettle, she is by no means a superhero, possessing no known super powers besides being able to find a way into increasingly tighter latex. It should be interesting to see how she is involved with the Avengers.
The next face is that of Hawkeye, another member of the Avengers with absolutely no super powers. In the original Marvel comics, Hawkeye is the most accurate archer in the world and joins The Avengers solely on this basis. However in Thor, we get a blink and you'll miss it cameo from Hawkeye who appears to be working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
I'm not quite sure what to make of Hawkeye other than that he looks pretty uninteresting. Or gay. In a Legolas sort of way...
The Avengers hits the big screen on May 4, 2012!
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